Just finished the dread Week 5 Run 3... and, surprisingly enough, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I had expected. Looking at the plan, I had been trepidatious about this one for weeks -- well, since the beginning, actually. It's the first session with no walking and, more significantly, the biggest jump in individual run time. Nowhere else in the programme is there a jump that more than doubles your previous run time!
I wouldn't say that today's run was "easy", but it was much easier than I had anticipated. By the fifteen minute mark, I was definitely feeling it... but, actually, the last two minutes passed much more quickly than I would have reckoned. Best of all, by the end of the five minute cool-down walk, I was feeling fine. It's probably not all increased fitness -- I'm sure that I was running a bit too slowly -- but that's still quite a contrast to when I started Week One and would get home feeling knackered!
Anyway, with Run 5.3 behind me, I am happily looking forward to starting Week Six on Monday. Indeed, the five and eight minute runs are probably going to feel like a break after today! (Just kidding, as I'll try to use them as I assume they were intended -- to increase speed, rather than stamina)
Thank to all who offered advise and support in the "run-up" to today!